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North Sea wind farm granted consent

Words: Laura Edgar
Offshore wind turbines / iStock_000033111088

Energy secretary Amber Rudd has approved the second stage of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea, doubling the size of the world’s biggest planned offshore wind farm.

Dogger Bank Teesside A & B is part of the Dogger Bank Zone, a development by offshore wind consortium Forewind. Its approval follows that of Dogger Bank Creykr Beck in February this year.

The approval of Dogger Bank Teesside A & B allows for two separate 1.2 gigawatts (GW) projects, with the two sites, according to Forewind, each having up to 200 turbines installed across an area of 600 square kilometres.

This takes Dogger Bank Zone’s approval capacity to 4.8GW.

Forewind general manager Taral Gjerde said planning approval was gained following “extensive consultation with interested parties and a rigorous government review”.

Gjerde said: “It represents a real opportunity for the UK to receive even more of its energy from its abundant wind resource while creating significant economic benefits, particularly for the north-eastern regions.”

The project is expected to create up to 4,750 direct and indirect jobs, generating more than £1.5 billion for the UK economy over its lifetime, according to the consortium.

“These local regions are well positioned to take advantage of the many supply chain and employment opportunities, due to both their geographical proximity to the development as well as their industrial and marine heritage, with existing skills in large-scale production activities and a history of offshore support,” said Gjerde.

Energy and climate change minster Lord Bourne said the government wants local communities “to reap the benefits of investment and green jobs from low-carbon development”, like Dogger Bank.

RenewableUK’s chief executive Maria McCaffery said: “This awe-inspiring offshore wind project has taken another significant step forward. The sheer size of Dogger Bank illustrates just how large the environmental and economic opportunities are in the North Sea for the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry.”

The Forewind Consortium is made up of Statkraft, Statoil, RWE and SSE.

The written consent from Rudd can be view here (pdf).